SmartBeautyShop have now revised their shipping prices to be based on weight.
Up to 100g will cost £1.78, over 400g: £2.64 and so on.
Good stuff SmartBeautyShop!
I’ve had a few emails and DMs on Twitter with regards to buying NYX Cosmetics in the US. I’m aware that NYX is starting to be more readily available in the UK at sites such as SmartBeautyShop which is fantastic! No more worries about import duty, long shipping times etc…
Let me give you a little run down of the costs involved here…
SmartBeautyShop doesn’t have the Round Lipglosses in stock, so I’ll exclude that item from both baskets.
Let’s do Cherry Culture first:
That’s my shopping list (minus the lipgloss). The exchange rate conversion is correct as of 24/10/2009 and I’ve actually rounded *up* the values to the nearest 5 pence. E.g. The Jumbo Eyeshadow was actually £1.82
I haven’t included it in the shopping list total, but I also used a 20% discount code… so my eventual bill was closer to £22.
Now whilst I’m happy to pay Import Duty… I object to paying Royal Mail an £8 handling fee ontop of this, so I endeavour to avoid crossing the Import Duty threshold which is £18.
My goods order (inc. lipgloss and discount code) came to: £16.10 so I had a clear margin for exchange rate fluctuation. You don’t include the cost of shipping in the £18 calculation… however, HMRC will include the cost of shipping in calculating the duty to be paid by you if your order value exceeds £18. Does that make sense? It confuses the hell out of me!
Ok, now that we’re all completely confudgeulated… let’s take the simpler route and shop for NYX in the UK!
Are you freakin’ kidding me?
No, no there it is… 4 lippies, 6 eyeshadows and a Jumbo Pencil… oh and shipping.
Wait a minute? £7.50 for Royal Mail Inland postage?
But that’s more expensive than Cherry Culture all the way from the US? And I personally consider Cherry Culture to be a little pricey on shipping!
Now, I do understand that SmartBeautyShop et al have to mark prices up… of course they do! They’re importing from the US, they’re the middle men… they have overheads that are much greater than Cherry Culture’s.
They can charge what they want… but you won’t see me buying NYX in the UK anytime soon that’s for sure.
Confusion over international shipping or not… there’s no way I’m gonna justify paying over double for the simplicity of shopping this side of the pond.
How about you? Will you be buying NYX in the UK now that it’s becoming more available? Or saving up your pennies for US orders?